As a box-set of The Beatles' US albums is released, Andy Gill laments America's cavalier approach to the Fab Four's classics
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Sunday 04 July 2010
Gentle melancholia as tied to its place of origin (Manchester) as Richard Hawley's is to Sheffield.
Friday 02 July 2010
With Aphrodite, Kylie shimmies her way further down the road of single-issue synth-pop, to the detriment of any notable individual characteristics.
Saturday 19 June 2010
EMI, the debt-laden music group, yesterday surprised the market with a shake up of its board just a week after it received a £105m bailout from its private equity owner that saved it from falling under the control of its bank.
Saturday 12 June 2010
Hello Guy Hands, the private equity investor, who founded Terra Firma in 2002 after a stellar career at Goldman Sachs and Nomura, where he made his fortune. And goodbye EMI, Terra Firma's most troublesome investment – if the private equity company doesn't come up with £105m by Monday, it will lose control of the music company, best known as the home of the Beatles.
Friday 11 June 2010
"Further", of course, was the destination-plate of the bus driven across America by Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, and thus makes a fitting title for an album on which The Chemical Brothers indulge their more psychedelic leanings.
Friday 28 May 2010
While not wishing to criticise any modern composer savvy enough to secure a commission, there are obvious potential problems when the piper playing the tune is an ITV series fronted by Alan Titchmarsh, as with The Seasons.
Bob Mercer: Music industry executive who signed Kate Bush and masterminded the Now! series of compilation albums
Saturday 22 May 2010
The music industry executive Bob Mercer played an important part in the success of EMI Records throughout the 1970s.
Sunday 16 May 2010
Saturday 15 May 2010
The private equity tycoon Guy Hands has won the battle to keep control of EMI Music, whose artists include Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams, after raising enough investment to avoid the beleaguered label defaulting on its loans.
Tuesday 11 May 2010
Private equity group Terra Firma was last night locked in talks with investors to secure the funds it needs to avoid losing control of its music label EMI this week.
Sunday 02 May 2010
Country music sanitised, buffed, autotuned and Fleetwood Mac'd to within an inch of its life, and not in a good way.
Friday 30 April 2010
The UK may still be infatuated with Lady Gaga, but America has gone gaga over Lady Antebellum – and it's easy to see why, given the way the trio's politely rockin' country-pop fits the same musical demographic which made Garth Brooks the most bankable singer on the planet.
Thursday 01 April 2010
Sunday 21 March 2010
The first album wascallow but brimming withobvious talent. Here's thespill-over. Splashy, gushy,slightly too much. Anacoustic record of ultrapoeticmythopoeia,arranged with a heftystylistic debt to the LAcanyons of 1972 butevincing real Englishness.There are only a coupleof duff songs here, whichis good going consideringthe riskiness and reach ofher writing. Marling isgenuinely original, and ina pop market saturatedwith singer-songwritingmediocrity, she is to betreasured. And nurtured.
Tuesday 16 March 2010
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